"Occupancy permits are just one of the myriad ways in which these municipalities can sap funds from poor people. Basically, if you live in St. Louis County, you’re required to get one for your residents. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own. The police can then periodically make compliance checks (although generally they conduct these checks after they’ve been called to a residence for another reason, like a noise complaint or domestic dispute). If there are more people in your place than your permit allows, they can fine you and each person in your home. Attorneys I spoke to say the regulation can end up being a way to enforce antiquated local laws against unmarried cohabitation, and judging by comments you sometimes hear in courtrooms or from local officials, a way for police and prosecutors to essentially fine people for having premarital sex. You can probably guess which communities are most likely to be subjected to these occupancy inspections.

If you’ve read my report, you might remember that Bel-Ridge is the town of 2,700 people that in its budget said it planned to make about $450 this year for every resident. It’s also the town that fined residents for not subscribing to the only authorized municipal trash service, and that in the early 2000s was caught manually changing a green light to red in order to nab unsuspecting motorists. The town is 83 percent black.”

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@3 days ago with 68 notes
#anti black racism #st louis county #white supremacy #poverty 

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And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)

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@1 month ago with 9047 notes
#reblog #quote #thebicker #from the q continuum 

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@2 months ago with 249323 notes
macanamanpornstar:

#ferguson #palestine #gaza #raiseawareness

macanamanpornstar:

#ferguson #palestine #gaza #raiseawareness

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@2 months ago with 10310 notes

alegbra:

blackmagicalgirlmisandry:

kingjaffejoffer:

Not Ferguson related

but wtf lol

ALL THIS SHIT IS RELATED

this is the entire police situation in america in 6 seconds. this is modern art

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@2 months ago with 69812 notes
phroyd:

Fact!
Phroyd

phroyd:

Fact!

Phroyd

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#reblog #photo tag #wealth #poverty #phroyd #17th #October #2014 #October 17th 2014 #from the q 

daniellemertina:

I hate liberal condescension. “The people are rioting because they’re frustrated and don’t understand the legal process.”

No. They’re rioting because they understand that the process rarely gives justice to Black people and they’re tired of being silent about it.

Conservatives say Black folks are stupid and malicious. Liberals say Black folks are stupid but child-like so it’s not really their fault. Either way it’s racism.

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@2 months ago with 5056 notes

Anonymous said: BLACK PEOPLE ARE CRIMINALS AND NEED TO BE TAUGHT THE LAW DEATH IS THE ONLY THING THEY LISTEN TO

shitrichcollegekidssay:

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@2 months ago with 9985 notes
#reblog #acceber74 #queue 
thebluelip-blondie:

yuriadventure:

maggotmaster:

glossoblogia:

lol are anarchists seriously fucking over the people in ferguson by using the protests as an excuse to burn shit with impunity and live out their fantasies of throwing molotovs at things? good job treating a violently suppressed protest as a fucking theme park at other people’s expense. another victory for anarchy

Do we have any other sources for this? it wouldn’t surprise me, white anarchists are imbeciles for the most part, but I’d rather make sure this isn’t disinformation.

considering white anarchists or other similar white groups have shown up at every protest to shit it up that I’ve heard of since like 2009 I’m not even gonna give it a 1% chance of being false


this sounds like some white people shit because ain’t no nigga gonna throw a molotov cocktail ain’t a motherfucka aiming a machine gun at themwe will not do that shit

thebluelip-blondie:

yuriadventure:

maggotmaster:

glossoblogia:

lol are anarchists seriously fucking over the people in ferguson by using the protests as an excuse to burn shit with impunity and live out their fantasies of throwing molotovs at things? good job treating a violently suppressed protest as a fucking theme park at other people’s expense. another victory for anarchy

Do we have any other sources for this? it wouldn’t surprise me, white anarchists are imbeciles for the most part, but I’d rather make sure this isn’t disinformation.

considering white anarchists or other similar white groups have shown up at every protest to shit it up that I’ve heard of since like 2009 I’m not even gonna give it a 1% chance of being false

this sounds like some white people shit because ain’t no nigga gonna throw a molotov cocktail ain’t a motherfucka aiming a machine gun at them

we will not do that shit

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@2 months ago with 7864 notes

"You’ve got to hand it to Charles Koch: The man doesn’t want for self-confidence. The Kochs and their allies are taking a page from Sen. Rand Paul and trying to dress up their free-market, anti-union, welfare-slashing 21st century feudalism as the answer to persistent African-American unemployment even as the economy recovers under President Obama. Unbelievably, Koch invokes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an ally in a stunning USA Today Op-Ed, “How to really turn the economy around,” which is essentially an argument for deregulating business, slashing welfare programs and forcing low-wage work on the poor in the name of the ennobling power of employment."

@2 months ago with 187 notes
#queue